Speakers

Elijah Ketchum

Elijah serves as a Pastoral Apprentice at First Baptist Church of Milford. He has been serving at First Baptist Church since 2013 and has been involved in a variety of areas including the Youth Ministry and Media Department. He is happily married to Lauren Ketchum, who serves alongside him in the Youth Ministry and also serves in the Media Department at First Baptist Church.

Corey Knopf
Youth Pastor - First Baptist Church of Milford

Corey had the privilege of growing up in the First Baptist Church of Milford, where the Lord called him into full time ministry. Upon graduating from Pensacola Christian College in 2009, he was led by the Lord back to Milford, where he has been heavily involved with the youth ministry. He currently serves on the Pastoral Staff at First Baptist Church of Milford as the Youth Pastor. Corey and his wife Kelly have two children, Brinlee and Maddox.

Susan Knudten

After ten years as a special education teacher, the Lord led her and her husband, Eric, to homeschool their two daughters, Megan and Emily. Susan has taught in the primary department of Master Clubs since 2005 when her family joined First Baptist Church of Milford. She is thankful to God for the privilege He has given to her family to serve at our church in the Puppet and Children’s ministries.

Aaron Lanier
Children's Pastor -First Baptist Church of Milford

Aaron Lanier has been the Children’s Pastor at First Baptist Church of Milford for almost three years after having graduated from Pensacola Christian College with an Education Emphasis in Youth Ministry degree and from Pensacola Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity. Bro. Lanier served in Master Clubs at Campus Church for five years in several capacities and has also worked in the Master Clubs program here at First Baptist Church as a game director. In the late summer of 2016, he took the position of club director. Aaron and his wife Elizabeth have two children, Reece and Mollie.

David Martin
Professor - Biblical School of World Evangelism

David Martin has been serving in the ministry for almost 50 years. For the past fifteen years he has been the pastor of the Lighthouse Baptist Church of Winchester, VA. Before that he pastored for 20 years in Lancaster County, PA. His ministry has included work in bus ministry, youth, and music, Christian school principal and teacher, Bible college professor, and pastor. Besides preaching and teaching the Bible, his great love is his wife and family. Bro. Martin joined the faculty of the Biblical School of World Evangelism in the summer of 2018.

Dale Money
Director - firstBible International

Bro. Money is a product of godly parents, a solid church, and a vibrant youth ministry. After receiving so much, Bro. Dale served eight years as a youth pastor in SC. Since 2000, Bro. Money has been a missionary with Bearing Precious Seed, focusing on the Seedline section of the ministry. He served as Director for seven years, during which time he implemented district levels of local church involvement in Scripture publishing. Since 2013, Bro. Dale has been the Director of firstBible International. Regardless where he has served, his heart to invest in young people has remained the same.

Brian Ragle
Administrator - Milford Christian Academy

Dr. Ragle had the privilege of growing up here at First Baptist Church of Milford. He attended both our high school and Bible college. He then attended Pensacola Christian College graduating in 2003 with his Master of Science in Educational Administration. He returned to Milford Christian Academy in January of 2013. He earned his Doctorate in Christian Education from Andersonville Theological Seminary in 2013. Dr. Ragle has been involved in Christian education for 11 years and currently serves as Milford Christian Academy’s administrator. Dr. Ragle and his wife, Tonya, have three children, Taylor, Emily, and Madison.

Chad Robinson
Director - BPS/Seedline

In the summer of 2013 Chad Robinson and his family moved to Milford, Ohio to serve in the Seedline ministry of Bearing Precious Seed. After working 19 years with the same company, he stepped down from his position to open up more time to serve in his local church and begin his studies through Bible college. This obedience led to the desire and calling to serve full-time with BPS. Chad accepted Christ as his Savior at the age of 17 in a morning church service. Heidi was saved at the age of 8 with her mom after vacation Bible school. They have been married 22 years and have three daughters: Becca, Beth, and Brooke. The family travels to churches who desire to partner in the publishing of God's Word through Seedline Projects where they assemble Scriptures that will be sent to missionaries.

Heidi Robinson

Heidi serves with her husband, Chad Robinson, the director of BPS/Seedline, a ministry of the First Baptist Church of Milford. As missionaries for the past five years, they have traveled to churches across the country assembling Scriptures. As acting secretary of firstBible International, Heidi has researched, developed, and taught students about unreached people groups. Her degree in journalism has greatly assisted the firstBible team in launching the new curriculum, Opening the 10/40 Window. This curriculum is soon to be published into a format which churches and schools could use in a classroom setting. Before moving to Milford, she homeschooled her three daughters, worked as a parent educator for the state of Pennsylvania, and actively served in their local church.

Melissa Roe

Melissa has served alongside her husband, Jim Roe, as a missionary sent out by the First Baptist Church in Milford, Ohio. Since 1998, the Roes have worked in a Restricted Access Nation, training nationals to do the Great Commission. Missions education has become an ever-growing priority in her life and she seeks to pass that on to others. Encouraging Christians to love and embrace a multi-lingual and multi-ethnic world is her passion. Jim and Melissa have two daughters, Jerusha and Kimi. In addition to missions work, Melissa writes, speaks, and teaches about missions.

Sharon Sallmen

Sharon was diagnosed with Dyslexia at the age of six by her first grade teacher. After a minimal amount of one-on-one training in the Language Arts, she was able to succeed in the classroom with little continued help. However, when her son and daughter received similar diagnosis, she decided to obtain further instruction on how to teach Dyslexic children. Sharon has been tutoring young people with similar learning challenges since 2014. She is currently working with students at Milford Christian Academy as well as local home-schoolers as a Dyslexic Specialist. It is her goal to help others understand the unique needs of children with Dyslexia.

Wendi Shadwick

Wendi became a member of First Baptist Church of Milford in 1998 and has been the nursery director since 2007. She is married to Kelly and they have 2 children: Eden and Liam.

Charles Shoemaker
President - Church Planting America

Charles Shoemaker was born and reared in the Chicago area, where he was converted to Christ at the early age of eight because gospel preaching churches were focused on children’s ministry. After being called to preach at age 16, he attended the Institute of Biblical Studies of Liberty University, earning a diploma in Bible. Since that time he has earned such degrees as an Ed.D. and an M.A. from colleges and universities, including a D.D. from Midwestern Baptist College. Dr. Shoemaker has been in full-time ministry since 1975 having served as a church planter and senior pastor. He served as the Administrative Pastor of Trinity Baptist Church and President/CEO of Trinity Baptist College for 15 years. Dr. Shoemaker travels extensively speaking in churches and pastors' conferences, taking him to all fifty states and 15 foreign mission fields. Dr. Shoemaker currently serves as the President of Church Planting America--a missions agency promoting church planting in the United States and throughout the world. He and his wife, Sharon, have been married for 45 years and reside in Jacksonville, Florida. They have two daughters, Amy and Emily; two sons-in-law, Dennis and Michael (all in full-time ministry); two grandsons, Charles and Daniel, and four granddaughters, Michaela, Sophia, Ella Grace, and Kate Marie.

Mike Shrock
Evangelist

Brother Mike was raised in Seattle, WA. A trumpet player from an early age he attended Bob Jones University where he received his Bachelor's in Music Education. More importantly, while at Bob Jones Mike met Lori Nestor. The two were married and moved to Boston, MA so Mike could pursue work on his master's degree in Trumpet Performance at Boston University. But while Mike had been preparing to be a professional trumpet player God had different plans and called Mike into the ministry. He first served as youth pastor and song leader at his local church in East Longmeadow, MA before being called to serve as youth pastor and music pastor at Calvary Baptist Church in Windsor, CT under Pastor Tom Zempel. Next, Mike served under Frank Bumpus at Bethel Baptist Church in Schaumburg, IL before being called for over 17 years to serve as both a representative and staff evangelist for Bob Jones University. During his time at the University Mike traveled the United States and spoke in countless churches, camps, and retreats. Today, Mike has been called to travel as an independent evangelist and he continues to speak and play his trumpet at ministries all over the United States and around the world.

Abb Thomas
Founder - Master Clubs

In the early 70’s, Abb began a youth and children’s ministry at Highland Park Baptist Church in Chattanooga, Tennessee under the leadership of Dr. Lee Roberson that developed into Master Clubs and Master Ministries. After twenty years at Highland Park, Abb moved the ministry to Milford to be under the direct leadership of this local church. He has now trained leaders in over 7,000 churches and continues to travel across America training teachers and writing books.

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